(PresidentialWire.com)- A man of Palestinian origin who has been denied the purchase of firearms twice by the FBI’s background check system is taking his fight to the Supreme Court. In other circumstances, this might be an opportunity for pro-Second Amendment organizations to fight for the rights of Americans to legally own weapons, but you have to ask yourself why a man with Palestinian background may have been flagged on the FBI’s background check system…
Turaani v. Wray was filed on July 20, and one of the three respondents in the case if FBI Director Christopher Wray. He is joined by an individual agent in the FBI and Charles Kable, the director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center.
Under current rules, the FBI cannot disclose the details of a purchaser’s record, and can simply respond to the background check with either “denied,” “proceed,” or “delayed.” It means that legal gun dealers and the purchaser are not given the details behind the FBI’s decision.
Khalid M. Turaani is a United States citizen, meaning he is afforded Second Amendment rights, but has Palestinian origin. Nonetheless, his petition to the Supreme Court says that he has no history of mental illness, criminal convictions, or any disqualifying criteria that would stop him from making a legal purchase of a firearm. He was described as a “prominent figure in his community” and overseas and is involved with a number of organizations that help Palestinian and Muslim communities in America.
Turaani attempted to purchase a firearm in 2017 but the transaction failed. The firearms dealer was then contacted by the FBI and informed that Turaani was the subject of a federal investigation, which sounds like grounds to be denied a gun.
It prompted Turaani to sue in a federal court, only for the case to be dismissed. It will now go to the Supreme Court.